Commercial Pilot Program
Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
Start your career as a professional pilot
18 years old
A medical certificate category 1 by a civil aviation medical examiners
To do your medical click here.
Fly for hire and reward in a single engine Canadian registered aircraft
Fly in good weather conditions
Add any possible ratings to your license to extend your opportunities
The Commercial Pilot License is the minimum level to be paid as a pilot. You must have a Private Pilot License to start your training. Professional pilots in Canada often start their career on small airplanes. Depending on your career choice, you will have to add different ratings to your license. If you want to become a bush pilot, a float rating is a must have. If you prefer going to the airlines, you will need a multi IFR rating to become a First Officer on a twin-engine airplane.
80 hour CPL ground school
(self-study or in a classroom)
200 hours total time are needed including
- 100 hours Pilot In Command and 20 hours of cross country
Flight training time
65 hours total time including
- 30 hours solo
(including 25 hours of general flying, 5 hours of night flying and a cross country of 300NM)
- 35 hours dual
(including 20 hours of instrument time, 5 hours of night flying and 5 hours of cross country)
- Written test (60% pass mark): i) Air Law ii) Navigation iii) Meteorology iv) Aeronautics General knowledge
- Flight test
All your previous experience will count.
Some solo time building will be required to achieve Transport Canada’s minimum experience.